Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter James Bay is to perform an exclusive intimate gig in London at Hoxton Hall in aid of international charity WaterAid in January.
James Bay to play exclusive public gig for WaterAid
Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter James Bay is to perform an intimate gig in aid of international charity WaterAid, with fans invited to donate £5 to be in with a chance of winning one of 100 exclusive pairs of tickets.
The fundraising gig will be held at East London venue Hoxton Hall on 26 January 2017, and just 200 winners will get to watch the Hold Back the River singer perform alongside a special guest.
From 4 January, the public will be able to pay £5 to enter an online draw for the tickets, with proceeds going towards WaterAid’s work to help bring taps and toilets to some of the world’s poorest communities.
The competition closes on 19 January, and winners will be selected at random on 20 January.
Announcing the gig to his fans, James Bay said:
“I’m excited to be working with WaterAid. I first met them at Glastonbury having been aware of the work they do for a while. To be able to give something back and spread awareness, by doing something that I love, is a real honour.
“Water is essential for life, but we take it for granted. Around the world one in ten people live every day without it and that’s just crazy. We have to keep working to help change it. Enter now for the chance to join me at an intimate, stripped back performance. All profits from the competition will go towards WaterAid and help the vital work they do.”
It’s hard to imagine that it was only 2014 when James Bay released “Hold Back the River”, which won him critical acclaim and shot him to fame around the world. In 2015, Bay released his highly anticipated debut studio album “Chaos and the Calm”, which went in at No.1 in the official UK charts and quickly achieved platinum status.
The same year Bay won Brit Awards “Critics’ Choice” and a year later won a Brit for “Best British Male Solo Artist”. Bay also received three nominations at the prestigious 2016 Grammy Awards, including “Best New Artist”.
2017 sees James return to the studio to write his next album after a whirlwind two years of touring around the globe, including four sold out shows at the Hammersmith Apollo in March 2016. This makes James’ gig at Hoxton Hall with WaterAid the last chance to see him perform in London for a while!
This winter, WaterAid is running its Made of the Same Stuff campaign, which aims to improve access to life-saving clean water and sanitation facilities in poor communities across the world while also highlighting how we are all united by water, which makes up 60 per cent of our bodies.
Lucy Cover, Special Events Project Manager at WaterAid, said:
“We are so grateful to have this exciting opportunity to work with James Bay on what is set to be a fantastic concert, which will also help raise awareness and vital funds to help more people across the world access clean water, good sanitation and hygiene.
“We are working towards a world where everyone everywhere has access to these vital services by 2030. It might sound like a big challenge, but together we’re made of the stuff that makes history.”
Every year, 78 million people are turning on a tap or using a pump for the first time. If just 8 per cent more people can be reached a year, it’s possible to ensure universal access to clean water by 2030.
To enter the draw, and to see full terms and conditions, visit www.wateraid.org/James between 4 and 19 January 2017.
WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 37 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 25 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 24 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @WaterAidUK on Twitter, or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.
· Around 315,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s almost 900 children each day, or one child every two minutes.
· An estimated 663 million people (around one in ten) are without safe water
· Nearly 2.4 billion people (around one in three) live without improved sanitation
· For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
· Just £15 can help provide one person with access to safe water.
· For details on how individual countries are keeping their promises on water and sanitation, please see our online database, WASHWatch.org.